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Old 03-17-20, 12:58 AM
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One Step Closer to “Almost Finished”

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^^^^^^ That "fussbudget fiddling" is often the most creative and fun part of a build. I spend way too much time designing, fab'n and installing that stuff. Waddell, it's a hobby. I would not spend that much time if it was just a car.

Nicely done. I like those.

Still room for improvement: Long Cage

Long Cage-I finally got around to dealing with a niggling rear derailleur issue. When I started this New Albion build in 2017, I had accumulated many of the components before settling on a frame. In that was an old Campy VELOX r/d. Heavy yes, but actually with a nice function, and I really loved the red “C” bolt caps. But after it was running I found the VELOX lacked the chain wrap capacity and the throw adjustment necessary to handle 8 cogs. I couldn’t run the 28t and 26t cogs with the 44t and 48t chainrings. Irksome but not really a big problem. But still.... so in the interim I purchased a set of Soma long cage Campy conversion plates that effectively convert a Campy Nuovo/Super Record derailleur into a long-cage Campy Rally touring derailleur. Sat on the plates for a good couple of years though before finally trying them out. I took the Pat‘83 Nuovo Record from my ‘84 Bianchi, swapped the cages and installed it on the New Albion. Perfect! Shifts beautifully, looks great, chain wrap to spare, handles the throw for 8 cogs and keeps chain tension in the whole range. An ‘84 Nuovo Record is on the way to fill the hole left on the Bianchi.






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Old 03-17-20, 02:11 AM
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Finally got the last bits for my latest upgrade. Gained two cogs in the rear and one up front, new wheels, put the white Look pedals on, mostly Ultegra 6500 with Dura Ace 7700 downtube shifters - and lost two pounds! Can't wait to take it out for a ride.





Nicest looking Puch I've ever seen, good work​​​​​​​
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Originally Posted by Goosecheck
Still room for improvement: Long Cage

Long Cage-I finally got around to dealing with a niggling rear derailleur issue. When I started this New Albion build in 2017, I had accumulated many of the components before settling on a frame. In that was an old Campy VELOX r/d. Heavy yes, but actually with a nice function, and I really loved the red “C” bolt caps. But after it was running I found the VELOX lacked the chain wrap capacity and the throw adjustment necessary to handle 8 cogs. I couldn’t run the 28t and 26t cogs with the 44t and 48t chainrings. Irksome but not really a big problem. But still.... so in the interim I purchased a set of Soma long cage Campy conversion plates that effectively convert a Campy Nuovo/Super Record derailleur into a long-cage Campy Rally touring derailleur. Sat on the plates for a good couple of years though before finally trying them out. I took the Pat‘83 Nuovo Record from my ‘84 Bianchi, swapped the cages and installed it on the New Albion. Perfect! Shifts beautifully, looks great, chain wrap to spare, handles the throw for 8 cogs and keeps chain tension in the whole range. An ‘84 Nuovo Record is on the way to fill the hole left on the Bianchi.





those soma plates are awesome
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Old 03-17-20, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins
Thats a pretty bike. I like it!
Originally Posted by botty kayer
Nicest looking Puch I've ever seen, good work​​​​​​​
Big thanks!
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I removed, cleaned and reinstalled the throttle bodies/MAF sensors on my Mazda 5 and Chevy van. That has to be the cheapest/easiest, bang for the buck tune up in the automotive industry. 11 bucks for the gaskets and a throttle body/MAF sensor cleaner combo sold at Walmart. How to videos online. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Oh, you're talking abouts bikes. I have a Centurion Turbo, an Ironman, and a Trek 412 I have to finish up. After that, a Lotus Legend single speed that will go back to it's original form. Long range project is a 72 Condor.

I keep all of my bikes at my place of business. Since we have this issue called COV19, I will be hunkering down for the next couple of weeks or months. I will have plenty of time to finish the tinkering. That's a silver lining in the situation we are in.
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Old 03-17-20, 10:02 AM
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Does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the Bucket Of Death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so I made a smaller Jar Of Death to go in the parked camper.


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Originally Posted by thumpism
Does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the Bucket Of Death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so I made a smaller Jar Of Death to go in the parked camper.
So... you have the shop drawings or a CAD file? Detailed instructions? Links?

We have time on our hands and need another project. Please.
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Originally Posted by eom
So... you have the shop drawings or a CAD file? Detailed instructions? Links?

We have time on our hands and need another project. Please.
My phrase "slapped this together" should tell you everything you need to know. How about this: YMMV? Your bucket might vary, your soda bottle might vary, your choice of peanut butter might vary. The object of the exercise is to slay them meeses, so get busy!
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Old 03-17-20, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the bucket of death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so i made a smaller jar of death to go in the parked camper.


genius!!!
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Old 03-17-20, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the Bucket Of Death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so I made a smaller Jar Of Death to go in the parked camper.
Hmm, wonder if it could work with rats. Not sure, they're pretty smart. Possibly worth an experiment. Thanks for the idea!
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Don’t let the ants find that Peanut Butter...they likes their Peanut Butter...
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A guy on youtube builds mouse traps from designs throughout history, going back a century or two. His videos are kinda addictive.
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Originally Posted by billnuke1
Don’t let the ants find that Peanut Butter...they likes their Peanut Butter...
I was just getting ready to ask where's the Rube Goldberg version of this for ants.

I figured out my ants are the liquid diet version as some don't eat solid food, they gorged on one liquid trap and ignored 4 others.

May have killed a hundred or two but I think they are regrouping.
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You will get some new hatchings...they will follow the trail back to the bait, leave the bait where it is, and they will bring it back to the nest to feed the others until there just aren’t any ants left ...keep the bait fresh...the Queen was killed in the first round...she isn’t making anymore babies...
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
A guy on youtube builds mouse traps from designs throughout history, going back a century or two. His videos are kinda addictive.
Do you have a link or a channel name?
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My "Bucket-o-Death" consists of a Homer bucket, 1/2 full of water, a 2"-wide plank from the ground to the rim, and enough sunflower seeds to float on the surface of the water. From the top of the ramp, it looks solid to the mice, and they... *snicker* ...take a leap of faith. I've been known to get several mice in a night, and maybe a chipmunk or two. The bonus is, the neighbor's dog does his rounds in the morning, and will eat all of the mice, AND the seeds, and drink some water, leaving me with a fresh bucket.
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Shawn Woods: Mousetrap Monday
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natterberry -- Love those black bikes in such very nice condition. Have I missed a thread about it?

Ahh I’m so bad about making build threads. Maybe I’ll put something together when I wrap it up.
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Trying to fix up an old Nishiki MTB, not even sure what year it is. Can’t find a serial number on it
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Messing around on the buffing wheel...

One done...one waiting


And after...
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Originally Posted by billnuke1
You will get some new hatchings...they will follow the trail back to the bait, leave the bait where it is, and they will bring it back to the nest to feed the others until there just aren’t any ants left ...keep the bait fresh...the Queen was killed in the first round...she isn’t making anymore babies...
They abandoned the original trap and won't touch a new one, the first one was a battlefield full of dead ones, it was amazing but no new effort has netted a single casualty, plenty of new stragglers and I hope the queen is dead but I'm pretty sure reinforcements have arrived. Going to soak the perimeter with diatomaceous earth and liquid death soon before the weather turns warm.
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I put some 8 speed Campagnolo Ergos on my Super Le Tour last night.

I had planned on replacing the handlebar with something sleeved, but had a very unpleasant surprise when I discovered that the original stem not only has the old 21.15 mm quill, but the clamp appears to be 25mm!

Very strange that Schwinn decided to go with the French standard for this bike, but oh well.

A little frustrating, but also kind of interesting I suppose.

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Originally Posted by Ottomotion
Messing around on the buffing wheel...

One done...one waiting


And after...
Nice job! I have a box full waiting the exact same treatment.
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I've been bitten by the classic British 3 speed Roadster style bikes. One of my recent refurbs is this 1956 Raleigh Industries Nottingham Gazelle. 26" wheels, early (non-original) 333 Shimano 3 speed hub and Brooks B72 saddle. Here are some pics. Last pic is recently finished bike-this is a great rider!!







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Got all the parts I need to build up a Tange 4130 for a friend of mine. It'll be suitable for light to moderate touring. Mostly old Suntour components including Suntour ower Ratchet downtube shifters, front derailleur, rear derailleur and 5-speed freewheel. On 27" wheels.

Images when I start building it.

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